Review: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Today’s post is a review on the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, which I have been wearing exclusively for the last two months. I purchased this foundation during the VIB sale in April, just as I was running out of the Urban Decay Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup that I was using at the time. Now it’s time to give it an in-depth review for anyone who’s ever been curious about this foundation!

THE BASICS

The Too Faced Born This Way Foundation retails at $49 CAD for 30mL and is vegan and cruelty free. It currently comes in 23 shades, but on June 26th, 12 additional shades will be released in collaboration with YouTuber Jackie Aina. This brings the total shade count to 35. You can find the Born This Way foundation at Sephora, Ulta, and the Too Faced website.

For reference, I have normal to dry skin, with some occasional dry patches, and I prefer foundations that feel light on the skin and have a dewy/radiant/luminous finish.

THE CLAIMS

The foundation is an oil-free, medium-to-full coverage formula that looks natural on the skin and settles into a luminous finish. It is also supposed to be hydrating and wear well for 12 hours. The star ingredients of this foundation are:

  • coconut water – replenishes skin’s moisture levels
  • alpine rose – brighten skin’s appearance and promote elasticity
  • hyaluronic acid – provides long-lasting hydration

I bought this foundation mainly because after doing some research, I found that a lot of people with dry skin said it was their holy grail foundation. Another part of me wanted to try it to see if it lives up to the hype.

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THE PACKAGING

Okay, Too Faced sometimes has super kitschy packaging, but how pretty is this foundation bottle? The foundation comes in a pink and black box with gold trim, and the foundation bottle follows a similar aesthetic. It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a gold trim at the top and gold lettering on the bottle. Both the cap and pump are black, and I really like that the pump is easy to control – it never dispenses more product than I need.

THE FORMULA

I have always exclusively used foundations with a light coverage, but lately I’ve been wanting to experiment with something that has higher coverage. This definitely starts off as a medium coverage foundation, but can be built up to full coverage. The texture of the Born This Way foundation is a lot thicker than ones I’ve used in the past, which were a lot more watery/runny. The best way I’ve found to apply this foundation is to dab it all over my face, then blending it all out with a damp makeup sponge. I feel like the foundation melts into the skin best when applied this way. Using a brush doesn’t work well, at least not on me – I feel like the foundation just sits on top of my skin and looks too heavy. If I try applying it with my fingers, it looks too thick, too fast.

It took me a long time to find a foundation that had a good colour match, so I was quite pleased that this shade is perfect for me. However, when I was swatching all of the shades in store, I did notice that the range in general seemed to lean more yellow, which is a problem for people with cool skin tones. Hopefully the shades released with Jackie Aina’s collection will help with this issue. This foundation has no discernible scent, which is good for people who are sensitive to fragrances.

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I only use about this much on my face every day!

 

One thing I really like about this is that it wears well on my skin all day without fading patchily. It blends in well and looks pretty nice when my skin is more normal with no dry spots, although I feel like it can border on the unnatural side if you want it to be more full coverage. Because I only apply a very thin layer and blend it out with a sponge, I feel like I can get away with it looking more natural – you can still see some of my hyperpigmentation peeking through the foundation. I feel that the luminous finish of the foundation helps it from looking cakey, as well. If I added one more layer, it would definitely start to look like I’m wearing base makeup.

While it does look quite nice when my skin leans towards the normal side, it unfortunately clings to any particularly dry spots or textures I have on my face. I feel like this foundation is best for people with normal to slightly dry skin. For those who get dry patches all the time, or get a lot of them at once, this foundation would probably accentuate your dry patches. On the other hand, I feel like the dewiness of this foundation probably wouldn’t be suitable for people with very oily skin, either.

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PROS:

-Long-wearing
-No scent
-Buildable formula

CONS:

-Expensive
-Clings onto dry patches
-Can look unnatural if too much is used

I really wanted to love this foundation because it is so widely-loved by other girls with dry skin. While I would say it’s a decent foundation, it fell short of my expectations. I don’t see HOW dry-skinned gals are recommending this to other people. I am most comfortable using this foundation on my perfect skin days when I have no dry spot flare-ups, but I don’t really see the point in that, since many people use foundation to cover imperfections.

What did you think of this foundation if you have used it before? If not, what is your current favourite foundation?

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April Collective Haul

Happy 1st day of May, everyone! In today’s post, Today’s post is a haul of everything I picked up during the month of April. Most of it is from the Sephora Spring sale, but I also ended up picking a few things from other places along the way. I’m pretty happy that I mainly stuck with replenishments during the Sephora sale, but I spent WAY more than anticipated, so I’m hoping to cut down my spending a little in June and July (May is my birthday month so I’ve gotta treat myself, obviously).

SEPHORA VIB SALE PURCHASES

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy

This was on my “definitely buy” list and I did end up picking it up as a replacement for my MAC Cleanse Off Oil, which I’m running low on. I’m really excited to start using this – it smells so fresh and clean with a light lime-y scent, and it’ll be my first cleansing balm!

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Review: Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

In honour of Valentine’s Day, I am reviewing pink products for the next two weeks! After using this palette exclusively for almost two months, I think I’m ready to review the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. This palette has been out for two years already so it’s been reviewed by everyone and their grandmas, BUT the reason for having a blog is getting my own opinions of beauty products out there, so I DO WHAT I WANT!

I feel like I need to start a new series: “P&I Gets Sucked into Cute Packaging Again – Did This Product Actually Work?” but with a better name. Most of you might know that this palette got a ridiculous amount of hype when it came out for the first time in spring of 2016, mostly due to the packaging, the peach scent, and because it was limited edition. To be fair, I did not actually buy this only because of the hype it received back then. I went to university with a girl who wore the prettiest shimmery duochrome coral-peach eye shadow every day. I never asked her what colour it was (I always thought it might be MAC’s Expensive Pink), but I feel like I’ve always been on a low-key search of a shimmery peach shade since. This palette has those shimmery peach shades!

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Dupe or Not? L’Oreal Lash Paradise vs Too Faced Better Than Sex?

Today’s post is a review and comparison of the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. The first time I heard about the Lash Paradise was on Tati’s channel when it was just newly released. It made such a massive, noticeable difference to her lashes that I went right to the drugstore that same day to look for it. I didn’t find it in stores until maybe about two weeks later, but I waited for a while after that until I could get it on sale.

This mascara is supposed to be a drugstore dupe for one of the most famous mascaras out there, the Too Faced Better Than Sex (BTS) mascara. I have tried the BTS mascara twice, and although I really enjoyed the effect it gave my lashes, it smudged under my eyes in varying degrees. The comparison of these two mascaras intrigued me – I bought the Lash Paradise with the hope that it would perform similarly to the BTS, minus the smudging. Unfortunately, I currently do not own a tube of the BTS so for this post, I am including photos that I have either taken in the past, or have found online.

The price of the Lash Paradise is dependent on where it is purchased. I bought mine on sale for $7.99, but I most commonly see it for $11.99. On the other hand, the Better Than Sex mascara retails for $30 CAD.

 

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Packaging of L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise vs Too Faced Better Than Sex (photo from Too Faced website)

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March Low-Buy and Anti-Haul

At the beginning of 2017, I set March to be a no-buy month for me. I thought this would be really hard after doing a no-buy in February, but we’ve been too busy for me to even worry about shopping for makeup, so it hasn’t really been an issue! Although it’s not quite the end of the month, I’m 100% sure I’m not going to buy anything in the last three days, which means I was able to stay true to my no-buy! *throws confetti* Since the lack of purchases makes my March no-buy post pretty much non-existent, I thought today I would stick with the theme of not buying anything and do an Anti-Haul post. The idea of the anti-haul is sharing popular beauty products that I will NOT be buying! This does not mean that any of these products are bad or poor-performing at all – they just don’t interest me enough to purchase.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst – $46

This one might be a little controversial because of all the hype surrounding this. I really love the quality of Becca highlighters, and this one actually looks gorgeous. However, I’m not sure I’m into the lavender highlighter trend as of late. It would be a stunning shade for people with fair, cool-toned skin, but this would look so off on me!

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Engagement Shoot Makeup Look

I have mostly either been doing makeup posts or wedding posts, but today’s post is both of these topics combined! We just had our engagement shoot this past Sunday. Since we got engaged by the water, we wanted to reflect that and decided to do the shoot at a lake in the Rocky Mountains.

A few months ago, our wedding photographer asked us if we were okay doing the shoot at 6 in the morning on a Sunday, since apparently the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset is considered “golden hour” for photography. Without thinking, we said, “Yeah, sure, whatever makes the photos look the most flattering!” We are both morning people, but when it actually came down to it the morning of, it was a little tough. Since we had to be at the lake by 6 am and the drive out there is roughly an hour and a half, I couldn’t get my hair and makeup done that morning since no one would be available to do for me at 3:00am (lol). With hair, I needed serious help as I am completely useless with doing my own hair. I got my hair done Saturday afternoon and basically tried to not sleep on it that night.

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Testing Dupes: Too Faced Better Than Sex vs Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara

I was looking at makeup dupes on Pinterest a while back, and  saw that the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam was a dupe for the Too Faced Better than Sex (BTS) mascara. I wanted to give it a shot, considering 1) I was in the market for a new mascara, and 2) the BTS mascara is $30.00, compared with $9.99 for the Rimmel Scandal Eyes (I bought mine on sale for $6.99). Plus, I’ve always wanted to try one of those Pinterest dupes to see if they actually were dupes! Today I wanted to share my findings.

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